KU closes campus due to rolling blackouts

photo by: Nick Krug

A University of Kansas student makes the trek up to campus past a line of trees near Robinson Gymnasium in this file photo from Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

The University of Kansas announced Monday afternoon that its Lawrence and Edwards campuses would close for the rest of the day due to rolling blackouts in Kansas.

All classes at KU have been canceled for the afternoon, and only weather-essential personnel have been asked to report to work. The university later announced that classes would be canceled Tuesday on the Lawrence, Edwards and Leavenworth campuses. Updates about the status of classes can be found at alerts.ku.edu.

As the Journal-World reported, Kansas’ largest electric utility began implementing rolling blackouts Monday afternoon as the regional power supply was strained by extreme cold temperatures. Just after noon Monday, Evergy began turning off electricity to blocks of customers for approximately 30-60 minutes, according to a news release from the company. The planned outages will continue “until the reduction is no longer required” by the regional power supply.


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